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Writing matters 1: On Collaboration

I intend to serialize here the podcast of an interview I did last summer with DJ Red Viking of the Archers. DJ Red Viking asked some searching and sometimes difficult questions about writing influences, collaboration, UK vs USA mysteries and thrillers, research, plot vs character,… Read more


What does an award-nominated novel have that others don’t?

Believe No One is a crime thriller featuring British forensic scientist, Professor Nick Fennimore and Detective Chief Inspector, Kate Simms. In this outing, they are based in the United States. The novel has just been shortlisted for The Crime Warp New Years Honours for UK… Read more


Psychopathic killers – is it pointless asking why?

The new Fennimore & Simms forensic thriller, BELIEVE NO ONE, features Sheriff Launer, a ‘My rodeo, my rules’ kind of guy. He’s part of an Interstate Task Force investigating a series of murders. He tells the forensic psychologist, ‘I guess it’s your job to try… Read more


How to Spot a Psychopath

Psychopaths are far more commonplace than you would think. In my last blog, I wrote about a burglary suspect who reminded me of Dennis Nilsen, who was convicted in 1983 of murdering 15 young men. He kept the bodies for weeks, eventually dismembering them, burning… Read more


A pinch of meth is good – for 2-10 years

Dave and I were in the USA researching law enforcement for Believe No One (#2 in the Fennimore & Simms forensic thriller series). We were in a Tulsa PD conference room, observing an interrogation via video link: the two-way mirror favoured by TV cop shows… Read more


Graphic violence in crime fiction: a necessary evil?

I recently received a review for Believe No One which was favourable overall, but the reviewer described ‘harrowing and graphic descriptions’ of the violence perpetrated on the victims.  I have used graphic descriptions in my novels on occasions, but I didn’t think this was one… Read more


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